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Rains displace 320 in Mzuzu

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By Mandy Pondani:

Over 320 people have been rendered homeless after heavy rains destroyed their houses at Zolozolo East [Lunyangwa], Luwinga and Area 1B in Mzuzu Monday morning, Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has confirmed.

All the 15 affected households at Lunyangwa belong to employees of Lunyangwa Agriculture Research Station.

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One of the victims, Moyenda Tembo, said they had a rude awakening at around 2:00 am when they heard sound of strong winds, later accompanied by heavy downpours.

Before they figured out what was happening, Tembo,said the roof of his house was blown off.

“It is by God’s grace that we did not sustain injuries, otherwise a lot of property has been damaged. Talk of chairs, television screens, clothes and foodstuffs among others,” Tembo said.

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At the station, the livestock section has also been affected with roofs blown off.

MCC Disaster Desk Officer, Precious Mandala, said they were assessing the damage.

He, however, said the council does not have readily available relief items to bail out the affected families.

“The people are destitute, lucky enough those at Lunyangwa have sought refuge at the research station, but those in Luwinga and Area1B definitely need immediate help,” Mandala said.

He said they would send a report to Department of Disaster Management for further intervention.

A similar tragedy killed six people in the city two years ago.

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